There was plenty of debate during the 2011 NFL Draft when the Cincinnati Bengals selected A.J. Green at No. 4 considering many believed Julio Jones was the best wide receiver from that year’s draft class, but it’s safe to say the former Georgia Bulldogs star is quickly emerging as one of the league’s top threats. After an impressive rookie season in 2011, Green came out even stronger in 2012 as he finished with 97 catches for 1,350 yards to go along with 11 touchdowns.
As the top target for Andy Dalton in the passing game–could Green emerge as the league’s top wide receiver heading into his third season?
It’s clear Green is on a level of his own when it comes to being an effective wide receiver and if his first two seasons are any indication of what’s to come–Green is only going to get better with more experience in the NFL. Just look back during the 2012 season where he recorded a nine-game streak of at least one touchdown catch from Week 2-11 and it’s clear Cincinnati has something special in Green.
Obviously, there are plenty of other big-name receivers such as Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Andre Johnson that deserve to be considered some of the best in the game, but there’s no reason why Green’s name shouldn’t be up on the list with them considering how well he’s performed over his first two seasons. The argument can be made that Green has single-handedly carried the Bengals’ passing game since his rookie season and with two years of experience officially under his belt–don’t be surprised if Green emerges as the league’s top wide receiver in 2013.